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I have been driving myself crazy as to which card I should purchase and I was hoping someone could help shed some light on the subject for me. I just recently sent back my Windforce 780 ti to the retail store I had purchased it from for fear it was not running properly. That aside, since I have been waiting for it to arrive, and get my in store credit, I have found that I may be trying to use a card that is overkill for what I want. I will start off by listing the three top contenders I am looking at.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130943
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202080
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487003
Now, I will be playing Star Citizen, and Evolve when they are released, and I just want to play my games I do have now at 60+FPS at highest settings. I am only using a 51" 1080p plasma TV so I have no need for G-sync, or even Shadowplay. I want to make sure that whatever card I choose will give me a few years life span before upgrading, or buying a second card. It would be much easier for me to purchase a cheaper second card than trying to get a second 780 ti as well. I play games like Borderlands 2, Bioshock, Batman, Outlander, Alien Rage, Dirt, Sleeping Dogs, Slender, and others in the like. I do not play online FPS games like Battlefield or anything like that. I am really liking the R9 and the whole Mantle thing, but I'm not sure if that would give me the best long term investment. I also really like the 4GB and bandwidth the R9 has since games are slowly starting to cap and exceed the 3GB Vram limit, without the need of multiple monitors. I had a Dual X 7970 and I loved it, but as of now the card is being used elsewhere, and I wanted a better gaming card. Can someone please shine some light on this subject for me? I only have a few days left before my return gets to the vender, and I have to make my decision. Thank you!
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I think the key here is remembering your gaming on 1080p. The 7970/280x and a gtx680/770 are pretty much the sweet spot for that resolution. They should run many games at max with at least 60fps averages. Only game I have had time for recently is bf4 though so can not comment on many of the games you play. I will say that some of those like sleeping dogs and dirt tend to run better on amd cards, and other games seem to favor nvidia.

I think at the end of the day, "overkill" will start at the r9 290 and gtx 780 range. Those cards at 1080p are going to have very high minimum fps numbers which are what counts for smooth gameplay. the 780ti is almost a waist of money BUT if you can afford it why not? My only problem is that the r9 290 is so inflated in price because of the mining craze it upsets me thinking about getting one for gaming since they launched in the $400 price range.

You can also get a cheaper gtx 780 as well to save a bit more. Good luck picking a card out.
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Thank you so much for the reply! That's why I am having such a hard time deciding. Yes I would LOVE to save money by going with the 780, and even though the R9 has an inflated price, performance is still in between the 780 and the 780 ti. I really do want to go all out and get the 780 ti, and hope that it will play everything for the next at least 3 years at highest settings, but like you said, and what I'm affraid of is overkill for the price. I have been driving myself crazy for weeks now researching each card and trying to decide. I have people telling me that the R9 is the way to go, and I do like some of the features it has, but then I have people telling me to go all out and get the 780 ti. I do have JUST enough for the ti, but if I got one of the other cards I can upgrade my ram sooner, which I was planning anyway. A new PSU is in the near future as well. I've broken it down to the ti being less power, quieter and more powerful than the R9, but the R9 has 4GB of vram which can be beneficial in the future, and I also like where Mantle may be going, but just like games like Bioshock where the AMD cards were supposed to be optimized for it, Nvidia is still the better choice. I mean, if I go with the ti card, and games become more demanding, would my system be able to handle it? It would be much harder for me to SLI another ti as apposed to an R9 or 780. Price wise. I have like 3 paychecks already invested into this GPU thing. I also think about if it does last me even 2-3 years instead of buying a second card why not just sell the one I have and get the latest GPU that's out then. I just don't know. I feel like I would get more in return if I sold the 780 ti in the future after seeing where Mantle is heading, and the new Directx, but really how much? would you think like $300 sold used in upwards to 3 years would be a fair guess?
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get the 780. more than enough for 1080. if paired with the 8300 is fine. sli, then you might need to upgrade the cpu. oc it to 4.5GHz at least.
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I'm with rdr09. Pick up a 780 non Ti for now which will be plenty of power for 1080p.

Then at this point next year, you'll have a better idea where everything is headed in regards to the next generation of cards and Mantle/DX.

The 780 should probably lose you less money than the 780 Ti would on resale.
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Okay, thank you guys so much for the input! I was thinking that as well, but wasn't too sure if I should go that direction. A couple quick questions and I should be done. The 780 should be faster than the Dual X 7970 right? I'll even look that up myself, but wanted to hear it from you as well. Also, out of the three, which would you pick?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130918
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130951
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130943
I'm thinking the classified just because it already has a higher stock clock, but aren't they the exact same cards? Would one overclock more than the other? I don't care about the small price difference between the three, I just want the BEST of the three. Either way I go I can now also get my ram now as well!! WOOHOO!! This is what I'm looking at.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231623
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Okay, scratch that last question about the three 780 cards because the Classified card is the one to get I would imagine. My real question is what about the R9 290 Tri X card?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202080
It's only $30 more than the 780 Classified, and benchmark scores show it beating the 780s by a good amount, but falling short on the 780 ti?
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Okay, scratch that last question about the three 780 cards because the Classified card is the one to get I would imagine. My real question is what about the R9 290 Tri X card?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202080
It's only $30 more than the 780 Classified, and benchmark scores show it beating the 780s by a good amount, but falling short on the 780 ti?

$30 more than the Classified 780 makes that Tri-X worth looking at for sure.

You need between 75-100 MHz extra out of the 780 to match a 290. But with the Tri-X cooler, a decent overclock on the 290 should be easy.
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$30 more than the Classified 780 makes that Tri-X worth looking at for sure.

You need between 75-100 MHz extra out of the 780 to match a 290. But with the Tri-X cooler, a decent overclock on the 290 should be easy.

mcg, i wish i can recommend the 290 but i got mine for $400 plus a block for $120. $600?

nah. op, save yourself $100 and get this . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130942

more than enough for your rig and needs.
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Eh, not sure what is goin on with Newegg, but this 290x is priced at msrp.


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